Les Gets to Cambridge I made it home on my bike!

As most people know by now 🙂 I’m back in Cambridge after my mega bike trip.
I managed to bring my bike back, from my apartment in Les Gets, where I left it after last years ride out there.

To fit in with this years theme I decided to follow the Rhine (from its source near the Oberalppass) to the sea (near Rotterdam with its convenient ferry back to East Anglia). However, to get to the Rhine from Les Gets you have to follow the Rhone to its source as well. I managed to cycle from Les Gets down to Lake Geneva and then up the Rhone valley to Martigny but then decided to hop on the train to Andermatt where my Rhein-Radweg books start.

The overall trip was just under 1100 miles which I did in 14 days at about 10mph, 12 days of which was following The Rhine.

My Dawes Galaxy Tour worked perfectly standing up to the rough off road bits equally well as the super smooth bike paths. The gear ratios are all perfect 🙂 and Thierry adjusted the derailleurs so they clicked through effortlessly. After having it fitted with straight handlebars and click gears last year. This year I added the Altura drylined handlebar bag which worked perfectly. The new handlebar ends were disappointing and led to my rib damage! I need to find the ones like in Holland or that Gail has!

I fell off once with some damage to a rib which is still making me feel as though I’m having a heart attack a week later! However, it is improving.

I didn’t find the Germans or Swiss particularly friendly whilst riding so maybe the next trip will be to France / Spain or maybe New Zealand (A couple on a tandem had just come back from 6 months of touring NZ which they enjoyed).

Here is  a table of all the various blog posts, Everyttail’s and Picasa pictures:-

Day (Link to My Picasa pictures)

Trip Leg (Link to blog post)

Miles (Link to trip on Everytrail)
Moving Time
1 Thursday 8th July 2010
Les Gets to Martigny train to Andermatt 67 5 hr 30min
2 Friday 9th July 2010 Andermatt to Zizers
69 7 hr 40min
3 Saturday 10th July 2010 Zizers to Rorschach
72 6 hr 42min
4 Sunday 11th July 2010 Rorschach to Ellikon
64 6 hr
5 Monday 12th July 2010 Ellikon to Basel
73 7 hr
6 Tuesday 13th July 2010 Basel to Ottenheim-Schwanau
80 7 hr
7 Wednesday 14th July 2010 Ottenheim-Schwanau to Maximillansau 79 8 hr*
8 Thursday 15th July 2010 Maximiliansau to Oppenheim
92 8 hr 15min
9 Friday 16th July 2010 Oppenheim to Spay 69 6 hr 35 min
10 Saturday 17th July 2010 Spay to Cologne (Köln)
77 7 hr
11 Sunday 18th July 2010 Cologne (Köln) – Xanten
94 9 hr
12 Monday 19th July 2010 Xanten to Wijik bij Duurstede
78 8 hr
13 Tuesday 20th July 2010 Wijk bij Duurstede to Hook of Holland
91 8hr 13min
14 Wednesday 21 July 2010
Harwich to Cambridge 68 6hr 3min
Total miles cycled
1072.69 (Everytrail misses Day1 and Day 14)

Thanks to Joost and Chris at GlobalMotion I have a complete Everytrail of The Rhine part of the trip (hang on it takes a while to download):-
Cycling the length of The Rhine at EveryTrail

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